Explorator 20.12 ~ July 16, 2017

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Richard Campbell,
Frank MacKay, David Critchley, Rick Heli, David Emery, Richard C. Griffiths,
and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left
no one out).

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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A fourth Denisovan fossil (a tooth) has been identified:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-fourth-denisovan-fossil.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5722-170710-denisovan-fossil-found

Teeth also figure in a study of homo naledi’s diet:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-chipped-teeth-homo-naledi-unique.html

More on Otzi’s axe:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/copper-otzi-icemans-ax-came-surprisingly-far-away

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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What Zahi Hawass is up to:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/273548/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Hawass-receives-honorary-doctorate-in-Peru,-promot.aspx

More on Egypt’s plans to renovate an ‘ancient’ synagogue:

https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4989011,00.html

A very interesting kiln find from Shkikin:

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.801296

Hundreds of interesting tombs from Jebel Qurma (Jordan):

https://www.livescience.com/59785-hundreds-of-tombs-discovered-jordan-desert.html
https://www.livescience.com/59784-photo-jebel-qurma-stone-tombs.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5734-170713-jordan-jebel-qurma

Excavations at Karkamis have concluded:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavation-works-in-ancient-karkamis-end.aspx?pageID=238&nid=115519&NewsCatID=375

Feature on the Tell Brak excavations:

http://gulfnews.com/culture/people/digging-up-syria-s-past-1.2057937

A report on some 16th century cannons found off Israel in the 1970s:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/cannons-found-off-israeli-coast-may-have-been-used-to-fight-16th-century-pirates/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Plenty of coverage of the find of more writing tablets at Vindolanda:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jul/10/new-cache-of-roman-letters-discovered-at-hadrians-wall
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/10/holiday-please-new-haul-roman-letters-reveals-army-life-near/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-40555474
https://www.livescience.com/59753-personal-roman-letters-unearthed-hadrians-wall.html
http://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/2017-07-10/ancient-roman-writing-tablets-found-at-northumberland-fort/
http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/voices-distant-past-unearthed-during-13309555
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cache-messages-found-roman-fort-along-hadrians-wall-180964012/
https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/features/roman-writing-tablets-found-at-vindolanda.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5721-170710-england-vindolanda-tablets

A Roman fleet diploma was found near Lanchester Roman fort:

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/incredible-fleet-diploma-detailing-naval-13313528

Roman finds from Swaledale:

http://www.cumbriacrack.com/2017/07/11/high-status-roman-artefacts-found-swaledale/

Hellenistic-era buildings and a bridge from Alexandria:

http://world.greekreporter.com/2017/07/10/greek-archaeologist-discovers-ancient-buildings-in-alexandria-egypt/
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26253-greek-archaeologist-unearths-ancient-buildings-and-bridge-in-alexandria-egypt.html

This Roman-era mosaic floor from Alexandria seems to be distinct from the above find:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/41/273560/Heritage/GrecoRoman/Mosaic-floor-from-Roman-period-uncovered-in-Alexan.aspx

Eight more shipwrecks have been located at Fourni:

https://www.livescience.com/59805-divers-find-8-more-shipwrecks-greece.html
http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.801529
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/07/14/eight-new-shipwrecks-discovered-during-underwater-exploration-near-fournoi/

Roman mosaics from a dig in Auch in the Gers:

https://www.connexionfrance.com/French-news/Amazing-mosaics-found-in-ruins-of-Roman-domus

Greece and Italy are collaborating to preserve a sunken villa at Epidaurus:

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/07/11/greece-italy-collaborate-to-preserve-ancient-mansion-in-sea-bottom/

Feature on the dig at Vaiano-Gioiella:

http://www.depauw.edu/news-media/latest-news/details/33143/

A Roman cemetery from Irbid (Jordan):

http://www.menafn.com/1095620062/Jordan–Ancient-Cemetery-Found-in-Irbid

… and more, apparently:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/19-roman-ruins-found-irbid%E2%80%99s-beit-ras-town-%E2%80%94-antiquities-department

A 4th century BCE juvenile burial from the Crimea:

http://tass.com/society/956132

The excavations at Sagalassos have resumed:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/new-excavation-season-starts-in-ancient-sagalassos.aspx?pageID=238&nID=115475&NewsCatID=375

A study suggests ancient Greek theatres had moveable stages (I think we knew that, no?):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/ku-agt071117.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-07-ancient-greek-theaters-moveable-stages.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170711092641.htm
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/dramatic-discovery-reveals-secrets-2000-year-old-lines-ground-ancient-greek-theatre-1630067
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5728-170712-greek-moveable-stages

… and the ‘pin drop’ test doesn’t always work as advertised:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/pin-drop-test-pops-greek-amphitheater-acoustic-claims

The burials from Phaleron are in the news again (not sure there’s anything new yet):

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-archaeologists-high-tech-year-old-greek-cold.html
https://www.yahoo.com/tech/archaeologists-high-tech-2-500-old-greek-cold-030929020.html
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26348-archaeologists-in-athens-discover-2-500-year-old-greek-mystery.html

Fires on Vesuvius received a lot of press attention:

https://www.thelocal.it/20170711/blaze-at-vesuvius-fires-continue-southern-italy-sicily-messina-enna
https://www.thelocal.it/20170712/in-pictures-fire-at-italys-mount-vesuvius-naples-campania
https://www.livescience.com/59798-mount-vesuvius-is-on-fire.html
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-07/12/c_136436285.htm
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/wildfires-rage-mount-vesuvius-121453578.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/mount-vesuvius-fire-latest-local-residents-evacuated-naples-toxic-smoke-volcano-eruption-italy-a7837096.html
https://phys.org/news/2017-07-image-vesuvius.html

… while Pompeii’s corrupt past is being dealt with:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/07/10/pompeii-rises-from-the-ashes-by-rejecting-its-history-of-crime-and-corruption/

… and a heatwave closed sites in Greece for a while:

http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/Greek-archaeological-sites-change-opening-hours-11282646.php
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/07/12/greek-archaeological-sites-to-shut-down-midday-during-heatwave/

What Daniel Berman is up to:

https://news.temple.edu/news/2017-07-12/vice-provost-undergraduate-studies-appointment

What Mike Tueller is up to:

https://asunow.asu.edu/20170713-asu-professor-helps-students-learn-lead-and-innovate

What Abigail Firey is up to:

https://uknow.uky.edu/research/digital-humanities-projects-medievalist-abigail-firey-reach-scholars-across-globe

Honours for Peter and Sara Howard (the url preserves a previous headline howler):

http://www.troymessenger.com/2017/07/15/howards-honored-classical-music-group-honors-troy-couple/

Feature on the Olympias;

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-07/14/c_136442197.htm

… while a Roman dugboat recreation is in the making:

https://english.sta.si/2409684/replica-of-roman-dugboat-in-the-making

Feature on Roman aqueducts:

http://www.theday.com/entertainment/20170714/exploring-aqueducts-role-in-ancient-rome

Hungary purchased the remaining half of the Sevso Treasure:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/hungary-buys-2nd-half-of-roman-era-silver-treasure/2017/07/12/a4674490-6715-11e7-94ab-5b1f0ff459df_story.html
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/hungary-buys-2nd-half-roman-era-silver-treasure-48589208
https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-07-12/hungary-buys-2nd-half-of-roman-era-silver-treasure
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-07/12/c_136439005.htm

UNESCO gave Aphrodisias Heritage Status:

http://eu.greekreporter.com/2017/07/11/magnificent-ancient-site-of-aphrodisias-in-unesco-world-heritage-list/
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/unesco-inscribes-turkeys-aphrodisias-as-a-world-heritage-site.aspx?pageID=238&nid=115310&NewsCatID=375
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26299-ancient-greek-site-of-aphrodisias-in-unesco-world-heritage-list.html

The fake centurions who harass tourists in Rome are being banned again:

http://www.iol.co.za/news/world/fresh-bid-to-ban-fake-roman-centurions-who-harass-tourists-10294617

Review of Hunt, *Hannibal*:

https://www.csmonitor.com/Books/Book-Reviews/2017/0712/Hannibal-relates-the-famous-general-s-story-with-wonderful-energy

More on that HIppocrates manuscript found in St Catherine’s monastery:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/monks-unearth-1500-year-old-manuscript-by-father-medicine-hippocrates-ancient-egypt-1629796
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5723-170710-sinai-monastery-palimpsest

More on Roman concrete:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next/ancient/mystery-of-ultrastrong-roman-concrete-solved/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/rome-wasnt-built-in-a-day-but-it-was-built-with-engineers/2017/07/13/ead119c0-66b0-11e7-94ab-5b1f0ff459df_story.html

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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We’re reading more about the ‘House of the Dead’ which might have burials associated with Stonehenge and/or Avebury:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-ancestors-stonehenge-people-uncovered-house.html
https://www.livescience.com/59787-ancient-house-of-dead-unearthed-in-england.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/07/11/5000-year-old-house-dead-discovered-stonehenge-avebury/
http://www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/news/15408485.Archaeologists_discover___39_house_of_the_dead__39__between_stone_circles/
http://www.brentwoodlive.co.uk/news/national/15405459.Burial_mound_could_be____House_of_the_Dead____from_3_600_BC/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5735-170713-england-cat-s-brain

Remains of a hut found in the 1950s on Iona and associated with St Columba apparently dates to the right period:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-40556985
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/11/wooden-hut-associated-st-columba-dates-lifetime-archaeologists/
https://phys.org/news/2017-07-st-columba-cell-iona-uncovered.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/remains-of-iona-hut-proved-to-date-from-columbas-lifetime-zw8mgcxtj
http://theconversation.com/how-we-found-st-columbas-famous-writing-hut-stashed-in-a-cornish-garage-80778
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sixty-years-after-its-discovery-hut-scotland-has-been-linked-st-columba-180964048/
http://www.independent.co.uk/News/science/archaeology/christianity-building-hub-scotland-discovery-monastic-university-glasgow-dark-age-bible-a7834366.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sixty-years-after-its-discovery-hut-scotland-has-been-linked-st-columba-180964048/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5726-170711-scotland-iona-columba

Latest finds from Tintagel suggest it had plenty of trade links with the Mediterranean:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jul/13/tintagel-excavations-reveal-refined-tastes-of-medieval-settlers
http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/tintagel-castle/tintagel-dig/
http://www.thisisthewestcountry.co.uk/news/national/15408149.Tintagel_Castle_a_royal_site_with_Mediterranean_trading_links__experts_suggest/
http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/archaeologists-unearth-royal-secrets-of-tintagel-castle-s-king/story-30440220-detail/story.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5733-170713-cornwall-tintagel-castle

The search for Buchan’s lost monastery has found some earlier (date-wise) structural remains:

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/north-east/1287288/the-hunt-for-buchans-lost-monastery-uncovers-remains-of-prehistoric-structures/

A medieval stone from the Howff:

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/dundee/467714/rare-medieval-stone-found-at-the-howff/

Finds from various periods from a dig in Prescot:

http://www.sthelensstar.co.uk/news/15408833.Archaeological_dig_unearths__fascinating__historical_artefacts/

Plans to check out some sites in Andalucia:

https://www.rtnnewspaper.com/2017/07/temple-of-doom/

Suggestion that Hendraburnick Quoit might have had some ‘nighttime ritual’ use:

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/ancient-british-sacred-stones-hiding-secret-messages-that-are-only-visible-at-night/news-story/4bd326dd44df5202b30ffd2d89658d8d

Concerns for potential sites in Waverly:

http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/new-homes-plan-could-impact-13275734

… and Preseli Hills:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-40620024

Some Swabian caves with petroglyphs have been given UNESCO Heritage status:

http://www.dw.com/en/germanys-new-unesco-world-heritage-site-the-oldest-ice-age-artworks/g-39306118
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-figurative-art-now-world-treasure-180964035/

Pondering the Romanovs:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/10/opinion/red-century-russia-romanov.html

That ‘oldest rope making thing’ (maybe) is in the news again:

https://www.livescience.com/59756-oldest-ropes-tools-unearthed.html

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http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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The dating of a 3800 years bp bird statue from Xinzhai has been confirmed:

http://www.india.com/news/agencies/carbon-dating-confirms-age-of-3800-year-old-pottery-bird-statue-2314840/

Recreating a Mesolithic meal from Lakutia:

http://siberiantimes.com/other/others/news/pictured-the-remains-of-a-stone-age-fish-supper-from-8000-years-ago/

Plenty of finds from Beijing’s Old Summer Palace site:

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1055819.shtml
http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2439847&CategoryId=13936

Feature on the Tao River Archaeological Project:

http://harvardmagazine.com/2017/07/harvard-summer-archaeology-ancient-china

Sambor Prei Kuk has received UNESCO Heritage status:

https://www.cambodiadaily.com/second/temples-recognized-cambodias-third-world-heritage-site-132312/

Feature on the Kanozero petroglyphs:

http://tass.com/science/955534

Concerns for an Ashoka site in Patna:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/famed-ashokan-pataliputra-site-in-patna-is-waterlogged-faces-uncertain-future-asi-writes-to-cgwb/story-tZAhqXiu0Y4lKoacv3VIVN.html

Vietnamese antiquities are coming to auction:

http://en.nhandan.org.vn/culture/item/5339302-vietnamese-antiquities-to-be-sold-in-first-of-its-kind-auction.html

Tomb robbing is on the rise in China, apparently:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/15/world/asia/china-tomb-robbing-qin-dynasty.html

More on ‘giant’ burials in China:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/graveyard-giants-found-china-180963976/

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http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

http://nzarchaeology.blogspot.co.nz/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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Finds from various periods (including 11 000 years bp!) from a dig in West Haven:

http://digital.vpr.net/post/archeological-dig-west-haven-unearths-evidence-vermont-s-prehistoric-past?mc_cid=9914e3e056&mc_eid=3eb9546919#stream/0

Some 250 years bp jewellery from Fort Michilimackinac:

http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2017/07/250-year-old_trade_silver_unea.html

Workers in Quebec City uncovered a live (!) British cannonball:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40618547
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/15/canadian-workers-unearth-live-british-cannonball-buried-250/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/quebec-cannonball-90kg-explode-britain-1759-canada-photos-a7843056.html
http://www.newsweek.com/quebec-canada-637346

Digging an 18th century house site in Boston:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/07/10/city-archeologist-digs-into-historic-north-end/5JlrwtSIXL4NvHVPZIDv7J/story.html

… and the house of Paul Revere’s cousin:

http://boston.cbslocal.com/2017/07/11/archaeologists-pierce-hichborn-house-paul-revere/

… and John Brown’s New York farm:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-students-john-brown-ny-farm.html

An important sherd find from the Acadia Project:

http://www.iberianet.com/news/sherd-big-find-for-acadia-project/article_55ac6ec8-6451-11e7-ad56-f3c4e49505ef.html

On Puebloans using fire signals:

https://the-journal.com/articles/56776

OpEd on the Jefferson/Sally Hemmings thing:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/sally-hemings-wasnt-thomas-jeffersons-mistress-she-was-his-property/2017/07/06/db5844d4-625d-11e7-8adc-fea80e32bf47_story.html

… cf:

https://www.whitehousehistory.org/a-well-ordered-household

Thoreau apparently wasn’t quite alone at Walden:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/10/opinion/thoreaus-invisible-neighbors-at-walden.html

… and his diet was interesting:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/07/11/535770269/what-did-thoreau-really-eat-you-might-be-surprised

Other assorted Thoreau items:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/07/books/review/douglas-brinkley-thoreaus-wilderness-legacy-walden-pond.html
http://www.npr.org/2017/07/12/536873427/if-thoreau-were-alive-hed-be-shouting-from-the-rafters-biographer-says
https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/why-i-still-love-henry-david-thoreaus-walden/2017/07/12/7b52c35e-66fc-11e7-9928-22d00a47778f_story.html
http://www.npr.org/2014/02/17/274731963/dont-know-what-to-do-with-your-life-neither-did-thoreau

On Chinese immigrants building Sonoma’s wineries:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/07/13/536822541/the-forgotten-chinese-who-built-sonoma-s-wineries

More on Metin Erin’s recreation of ancient weapons:

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-re-creating-weapons-discoveries-human-history.html
http://www.chron.com/news/science/article/Re-creating-old-weapons-for-new-discoveries-of-11285150.php
http://www.fredericksburg.com/news/news-wire/re-creating-old-weapons-for-new-discoveries-of-human-history/article_3b860c30-0a2a-58c7-9ff1-d0b111b99819.html

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Latest pre-Hispanic find from Mexico City is a ceremonial site associated with the Calpulli of Cuezcontitlán:

http://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/another-pre-hispanic-find-in-mexico-city/

A study of the Rapa Nui diet suggests Easter Island did not decline because of ‘ecocide’:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/bu-ein071117.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-07-diet-ancient-people-rapa-nui.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/mystery-easter-island-population-collapse-solved-by-looking-diets-ancient-rapa-nui-1630009
http://www.latercera.com/noticia/la-arqueologia-reescribe-mito-los-habitantes-isla-pascua/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5729-170712-easter-island-diet

Brazil’s slave wharf has been given UNESCO Heritage status:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-40552282

More on Colombia’s efforts to salvage the gold from the San Jose:

http://nypost.com/2017/07/06/colombia-attempts-to-recover-spanish-shipwreck-worth-over-1-billion/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/columbia-to-salvage-17bn-treasure-galleon-vxqnk6h7d

More on those Wari women burials:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,414910,scientists-know-more-about-women-from-the-pre-inca-tomb.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5724-170710-peru-women-tomb

More on that wolf sacrifice site in Mexico City:

http://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/aztec-gold-found-in-15th-century-sacrifice/

More on the tunnel under the Pyramid of the Moon:

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/secret-tunnel-linked-to-the-underworld-found-under-mexicos-pyramid-of-the-moon_uk_5965f069e4b09b587d636ca7

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http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Some Gainsborough sketches were found at Windsor Castle:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/jul/09/thomas-gainsborough-sketches-newly-discovered-at-windsor-castle
http://www.bbc.com/news/av/entertainment-arts-40535231/thomas-gainsborough-sketches-discovered-at-windsor-castle
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-40536871

… and unknown Raphaels in the Vatican:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unknown-raphael-paintings-discovered-vatican-180963999/

A possible El Greco in Mexico (I may be mistranslating this one):

https://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2017/07/13/actualidad/1499905955_250514.html

On the equals sign:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/07/how-the-equals-sign-changed-the-world/

… and tally sticks:

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-40189959

On recreating ancient beer (reviewish):

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-ancient-brews-reveals-tasty-history.html
http://azdailysun.com/lifestyles/ancient-brews-reveals-tasty-history-of-alcohol/article_e8bdc00c-79d2-5af5-bd9e-a29eff1e6a14.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ancient-humans-liked-getting-tipsy-too-180963990/

On some exhumations of famous folk:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/07/dali-exhumation-famous-death-forensic-science/

Marking St John Ambulance’s 140th:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-40555454

Victor Nuovo continues his look at Hobbes:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201707victor-nuovo-hobbes-politics

On London’s Jewish cemeteries:

http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-40386777

Latest test on the Shroud of Turin:

http://www.lastampa.it/2017/07/11/vaticaninsider/eng/inquiries-and-interviews/shroud-new-study-there-is-blood-of-a-man-tortured-and-killed-c1jdACNKkTlD9YBPS4kFXM/pagina.html

A New Jersey museum has a stash of 200+ year old wine:

http://www.npr.org/2017/07/14/537276241/new-jersey-museum-holds-a-stash-221-year-old-madeira-wine

On the popularity of Jane Austen:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/15/opinion/sunday/jane-austen-wasnt-shy.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-40093010

Too-many-tourists-from-cruises concerns for ancient sites:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40592247

More on the forensic dogs and the search for Amelia Earhart:

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/amelia-earhart-dogs-find-evidence-of-human-dna-on-remote-south-pacific-island-nikumaroro_uk_596357cee4b02e9bdb0dd10f

… and the ‘photo’ being discredited:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/07/amelia-earhart-lost-photograph-discredited-spd

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archyfantasies/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Alma Tadema:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/alma-tadema-deserves-to-be-loved-again/

Scythians/Dothraki:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/15/british-museum-lures-game-thrones-fans-exhibition-little-known/

Literary Links:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jul/16/jane-austen-to-star-in-bank-of-england-literary-links-exhibition

Major authenticity questions at a Mexico Museum in San Francisco:

https://ww2.kqed.org/arts/2017/07/13/mexican-museum-defends-collection-over-authenticity-concerns/
http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/07/most-of-the-pre-columbian-artefacts-in-the-mexican-museum-of-san-fran-are-fake.html

There’s a new archaeological museum on Tilos:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/26292-new-archaeological-museum-on-tilos-island-in-greece.html

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest facial reconstruction is of some Pictish fellow:

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/ancient-picts-face-reconstructed-10795952
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5737-170714-scotland-pictish-face

A major (probably very useful) expansion to the Canadian Archaeological Radiocarbon Database:

http://www.nature.com/news/world-s-largest-hoard-of-carbon-dates-goes-global-1.22287

Using synchrotron light to track domestication of seeds from 2000 BCE:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/dls-slu071217.php
https://phys.org/news/2017-07-synchrotron-human-domestication-seeds-bc.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170714071455.htm

More on that facial reconstruction of the 4500 years bp guy:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5725-170711-derbyshire-facial-reconstruction

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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General piece on DNA and domestication:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/dna-evidence-rewriting-domestication-origin-stories

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Castellucio:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40554843

York:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/jul/12/york-walk-around-ancient-walls-minster-railway-station

Romania’s marital prison:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170707-a-medieval-remedy-for-divorce

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CRIME BEAT
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An attempted theft at a West Bank Byzantine church was foiled:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/antiquities-thieves-nabbed-with-artifacts-from-byzantine-era-church/
http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2017/7/11/palestinian-antiquities-thieves-caught-stealing-pillars-from-ancient-church

An attempt at smuggling coins at the Gaza border was also foiled:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/392823

There’s a growing plundering network between Thailand and Myanmar apparently:

https://www.irrawaddy.com/opinion/guest-column/cost-trinkets-growing-archaeological-looting-network-thailand-myanmar.html

New rules from the EU to help combat looting of sites (especially by groups tied to ISIL):

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/World/2017/Jul-14/412689-eu-plans-crackdown-on-antiquities-smugglers-militants.ashx
http://www.aina.org/news/20170713121545.htm
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-13/eu-targets-islamic-state-looting-of-antiquities-to-fund-terror
https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-07-13/eu-executive-plans-crackdown-on-plunder-smugglers-militants

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2017/07/culture-crime-news-3-9-july-2017.html

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

http://paul-barford.blogspot.ca/

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

http://illicit-cultural-property.blogspot.com/

SAFE:

http://www.savingantiquities.org/blog/

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Another WWII repatriation:

http://www.dw.com/en/stolen-by-a-russian-spy-dutch-painting-now-returned-to-german-museum/a-39645445

Remember the mummified monk in a statue from a few months back? It’s now the latest repatriation case:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-40606593
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/15/chinese-villagers-head-court-recover-1000-year-old-mummified/

Plenty of opEds this week about the Hobby Lobby ‘settlement’:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/antiquities-trade-hobby-lobby-1.4193811
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/hobby-lobby-emboldens-a-black-market-that-robs-countries-of-their-heritage–and-lets-the-violent-profit/2017/07/09/2214adae-635d-11e7-a4f7-af34fc1d9d39_story.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/06/opinion/hobby-lobby-iraq-artifacts.html
http://culturalheritagelawyer.blogspot.ca/2017/07/hobby-lobby-forfeiture-3-million-is-not.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/hobby-lobby-suit-exposes-illegal-uae-antiquities-market-170712092030538.html
http://newsok.com/article/5555957
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/why-hobby-lobby-verdict-1021247
http://theconversation.com/why-archaeological-antiquities-should-not-be-sold-on-the-open-market-full-stop-54928
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/headlines/0717/130717-archeology-antiquities-looting
http://www.weeklystandard.com/media-coverage-of-hobby-lobbys-antiquities-kerfuffle-is-revealing/article/2008827
https://hyperallergic.com/390355/dispelling-the-myths-around-the-hobby-lobby-antiquities-case/

… and the Museum of the Bible is coming under scrutiny as a result of the whole situation:

http://www.salon.com/2017/07/09/museum-of-the-bible-is-busted-inside-the-hobby-lobby-owners-dodgy-artifact-practices/

In case you missed the story:

https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2017/07/06/hobby-lobby-fined-3-million-for-thousands-of-ancient-artifacts-smuggled-out-of-iraq.html

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on how ancient coins were made:

http://www.coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinweek-ancient-coins-series-ancient-coins-made/

A gold aureus of Vespasian is up for sale:

http://www.coinweek.com/ancient-coins/possibly-2nd-known-ancient-roman-gold-aureus-vespasian-ma-shops/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n28.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n29.html

More on Roman gold in the Netherlands:

http://www.numismaster.com/ta/numis/Article.jsp?ad=article&ArticleId=28626

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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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PERFORMANCES AND THEATRE-RELATED
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Letters from Baghdad:

https://www.victoriaadvocate.com/blogs/staff/entries/2017/jul/12/review-letters-from-baghdad-2017-tilda-swinton-narrates-the-fascinating-documentary-about-trailblazing-gertrude-bell/

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-main-menu-cat/audio-news-list/2630-audio-news-from-archaeologica-2-july-2017-8-july-2017
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OBITUARIES
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Martin Aitken:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2017/07/10/martin-aitken-archaeometrist-obituary/

Bill Mayer:

http://caas-cw.org/wp/2017/07/13/in-memoriam-bill-mayer/

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CONFERENCES
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Canada Before Confederation: Early Exploration and Mapping (Nov. 2017)

https://independent.academia.edu/ConferenceCanadabeforeConfederationEarlyMappingandExploration14981763
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

http://www.stonepages.com/news/

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/

Time Machine:

http://heatherpringle.wordpress.com/
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PODCASTS/VODCASTS
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Archaeosoup:

http://www.youtube.com/user/Archaeos0up?feature=watch

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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